summer pinterest challenge: bright, flowery art + our dining room

Today is the day! All week, I’ve been working hard to complete our dining room with lots of Pinterest inspired projects for the awesome Summer Pinterest Challenge being hosted by some seriously awesome bloggers! And not only am I thrilled to show you what we’ve been working on, but also that our dining room is 100% completed.

Picture time!

This is what our dining area looked like when we first moved in:

And this is it last week:

And here it is now!

We put up floating shelves to hold our pretty stemware, hung a huge 4’x4’ original canvas painting *painted by yours truly*, added fun no-sew paper strip mobiles from the ceiling, and added a large frame on the opposite wall that is for interchangeable art! Phew!  And the best part is that all of these projects were done on-the-cheap and they weren’t difficult at all!

For the challenge, I decided to first tackle the biggest feature of the room: the painting. A true Pinterest-inspired project. I knew that I wanted something huge, but buying a piece of art that large is certainly not in a recent grad’s budget so it was the perfect opportunity to go DIY. I picked up a 4’x4’ canvas from Michaels with a 50% off coupon to bring the price down to 40 bones. Not too shabby.

My original pin-spiration for the art was this dining table makeover,

So I also picked up a can of Krylon’s Metallic Gold spray paint and some 2” blue painter’s tape.

Basically it came down to measuring, taping, and more measuring, but after I painted and started removing the tape I realized that the pattern was way too harsh for that large of a canvas in a space that is already predominately beige. I thought something large painted over the stripes, making them an awesome background, would soften up those lines.

So, I scoured my Pinterest boards for some inspiration and found this ceramic dish art.

I loved the shape of the flowers and the layout so I sketched it out on paper and went to work transferring it to my canvas. I used brushes and bright paint colors that I already owned to fill in the sketch and add details.

And finally, here is the up-close-and-personal finish!

Looove! It’s bright and bold with awesome metallic stripes in the background and even a pop of neon on the canvas sides!  It is the perfect pop that the dining room needed! Needless to say, I’m pretty darn pleased with it!

Tomorrow, I’ll be back to share the rest of the project details like the colorful paper strip mobiles (a no-sew version!) and the frame for interchangeable art! So be sure to check back in!

Did you do a Summer Pinterest Challenge project?  I would love to see it so share below! It seemed like DIY art was a popular choice and I’m loving all of the finished projects!

Link Parties:

Little Inspiration’s Create and Inspire Party

25 Comments on "summer pinterest challenge: bright, flowery art + our dining room"

  1. Missy G. says:

    That looks fabulous!!

  2. Soo… where can I place my order? :-) I really love this. And I love the streamers? Mobil? What is that? haha.

  3. Hi Megan!
    Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Pinterest Challenge project! So nice of you :-) I am totally loving your challenge project! What an incredible addition to your space, not to mention what an awesome makeover of the space itself! Also, love your floating shelves for your stemware. Such a great spot for some sparkle and shine!

  4. Umm, can you make one for me?! LOL It’s so fabulous and the colors are so perfect together.

    http://www.coordinatedkate.com

    • arewewedyet says:

      Thanks for the kind words! I had so much fun doing this! Congrats on moving to your own domain now! I’m hoping to make that switch soon too. I can’t wait to see what’s next for your blog! :D

  5. tealandlime says:

    Love it. The metallic stripes are awesome, but I adore that bright green edge around the canvas…it pops off the wall!

    • arewewedyet says:

      Thanks for the kind words! I couldn’t help myself, I just needed that pop of neon! I always enjoy reading Teal & Lime and I’m so thrilled you came to check out my humble, little blog!

  6. I love that canvas you made! It is really beautiful and so much fun!

  7. Lauren M. says:

    LOVE this! I love your breakfast nook, it’s such a happy and colorful place :)

    MyersMaison.blogspot.com

  8. brandi says:

    This is beautiful! You seriously did an amazing job! I love your entire dining nook!

  9. Julia says:

    That looks amazing! I love the color scheme and how nicely tied in all the colors are in different parts of the room :)

  10. Jazmin says:

    Wow, you did an awesome job! Very bright. I have never thought of using ideas from Pinterest. I guess it is time for me to break down and join the bandwagon.

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